Technology and computers enhance learning when they come alongside homeschooling parents as teaching tools. Many Christian homeschoolers educate their children at home because of their religious beliefs, and use a Christian computer-based homeschool curriculum for a well-rounded education on the go.
Homeschooling From A Christian Perspective
According to a study from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), religious beliefs are the second most common reason for homeschooling and fall just under concerns about the environment of a school. Almost 30 percent of homeschoolers do so because of a religious belief. While the term “religious belief" encompasses all faiths, many of these homeschoolers are Christians.
Those who choose to homeschool because of their Christian faith and the desire to weave aspects of faith into their child's education, look for a Christian-based curriculum. There are several traditional Christian book curricula available such as Rod & Staff, My Father's World, Weaver, Veritas Press, Sonlight, Christian Liberty, and Tapestry of Grace. However, because of the prevalence of today's technology and on-the-go lifestyles, some families are turning to CD-ROM or online options.
There are some sound curricula on CD-ROM available such as the Robinson Curriculum. There are also countless online virtual (distance learning) schools available. However, if you're wanting a curriculum that interjects Biblical teaching within each subject, your choices are more limited. Here's a list of some of the computer-based homeschool curricula with a Christian worldview that are available.
Complete Computer-Based Curriculum Packages
A Beka – A Beka gets its name from its founders, Dr. Arlin and Beka Horton. A Beka offers a comprehensive curriculum from a Christian perspective to private Christian schools as well as homeschools. The company writes its curriculum on a foundation of Biblical scripture to provide academic excellence alongside good character training. A Beka offers DVD or Internet Video Streaming as part of its A Beka Academy. They offer an accredited program or a non-accredited independent study.
Alpha Omega (AOP Homeschool) – Alpha Omega is a Bible-based homeschool curriculum publishing company who has been providing Christ-centered curricula to homeschoolers for over 30 years. They have two computer-based options for learning:
Switched On Schoolhouse (SOS) – Using multi-media, animated, and video-clips within each lesson, the curriculum is offered in a kit of five-subject computer discs. The subjects cover Language Arts, History and Geography, Math, Science, and Bible. There are also Elective courses available, which can be purchased separately. Switched On Schoolhouse begins at the third-grade level and continues through twelfth grade. The electives are mostly geared toward the high school level.
Monarch – This program uses the latest technology to present lessons with learning games, audio, and movie clips to engage the student and enhance learning. An Internet-based, online program, Monarch offers a comprehensive Bible-based curriculum for grades 3 to 12. As long as you have Internet access, your child can log on to learn any time of day or night from any location.
BJU Press Homeschool - Bob Jones University (BJU) is a Christ-centered university in South Carolina. They offer a Christian computer-based homeschool curriculum for students in grades K4 to 12. Their Academy of Home Education product offers computer-based distance learning programs, which include your choice of format: DVDs, hard drive, or online learning.
The distance learning programs are recognized as an approved home education option. Homeschoolers can receive transcripts, grading, standardized testing, and a high school diploma upon completion. There is also an opportunity to take part in a graduation ceremony, which is held in South Carolina, a junior class trip, and the opportunity to purchase class rings. However, the programs are not fully accredited.
If you want a program that offers accreditation, you can enroll in the BJU Bridgeway Academy and buy a complete distance learning curriculum package. Bridgeway Academy comes alongside the distance learning, or traditional textbook, curriculum to give you an accredited option.
Liberty University Online Academy (LUOA) – Presented using text and video, this distance learning curriculum is accredited and designed for students in grades 3 to 12. Assignments are graded and can be accessed online.
Students work at their own pace within a reasonable time frame. LUOA offers yearly standardized testing and a personalized, Bible-based study program for your child. High school students have the option of online dual enrollment through Liberty University, whose campus is located in Virginia.
Lighthouse Christian Academy – Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) curriculum has provided Christian education for over 40 years. Lighthouse Christian Academy is the distance learning side of A.C.E. This curriculum is designed for the student to work individually at his or her own pace until each level is mastered.
NorthStar Academy – Choose from the teacher-led online accredited Christian academy or a parent-led homeschool. Both present a comprehensive curriculum for students in grade 5 to 12 via software called FirstClass. Download the software onto your computer, and you have access to assignments, quizzes, e-mail, and the student lounge.
The online academy presents lessons through a teacher presentation with all of the additional resources delivered to your door. The parent-led homeschool provides the home educator with detailed lesson plans, teaching resources, schedules, assignments, and research resources.
Sevenstar – This online Christian education is designed for students in grades 6 to 12. Every course is prepared via a rigorous 21-step process designed to incorporate a Biblical foundation. Sevenstar uses movies, web sites, and books in its presentation of coursework for instruction. All that is needed on the part of the student is an Internet connection. Students can work any time at their own pace.
Answers In Genesis – This creation-centered curriculum offers CDs, DVDs, software, and online courses that fills in the gaps in some programs by answering science questions. It is designed in correlation with the philosophies and teachings of Ken Ham, founder of the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter.
Apologia – This creation-centered science curriculum, which is geared toward grades 7 to 12, is available on CD-ROM. It takes the textbook and puts it onto a CD-ROM, adding video and pronunciations. The CD-ROMs include individual topics of General Science, Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry, Marine Biology, and Advanced Biology. They also offer an Apologia Academy.
DIVE – Digital Interactive Video Education (DIVE) is a K to 12 math and science curriculum, which is taught from a Christian world-view. Students can learn Saxon Math (Math 54 through Calculus) and Apologia presented in CD-ROM format. They also offers a College level Examination Program (CLEP) in Math and Science.